Saturday, 12 January 2013

South Africa declare first innings at 525 for eight

South Africa declared their first innings closed on 525 for eight on the second day of the second test against New Zealand at St. George's Park on Saturday.

Scores: South Africa 525 for eight declared (Graeme Smith 54, Hashim Amla 110, AB de Villiers 51, Faf du Plessis 137,

Dean Jones shares 'secret of success' against spin on 'Bunsen burner' Indian pitches

Former Australia batsman Dean Jones has shared his secrets of success against quality spin bowling on Bunsen burner pitches, the Australian name for spin-friendly pitches.

"The Australian batsmen must start preparing now by practising on substandard practice pitches. These will find your weakness very quickly and will really make you watch the ball," Jones wrote in his article for the Sydney Morning Herald.

"When you play against quality spinners, you must have mental courage to be successful. And your footwork, or bottom half of your body, must be supple and nimble to move quickly to get to the pitch of the ball," he added.

Ricky Ponting says 'extreme workload' on players may lead to drop in ODIs after 2015 WC

Legendary Ricky Ponting has said the extreme workload on international players these days might result in a rapid reduction of one-day internationals following the 2015 World Cup, and he also backed Cricket Australia's (CA) contentious rotation policy.

Ponting supported the decision to rest marquee trio Michael Clarke, Matthew Wade and David Warner from the first two ODIs of the series with Sri Lanka, starting with Friday night's match at the MCG, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

George Bailey led a greenhorn side featuring three debutants, the most in a national team since 1986, in the absence of Clarke.

Brett Lee queries Australia's rotation selection policy

Senior paceman Brett Lee on Saturday questioned Australia's contentious rotation selection policy after injury struck down fast bowler Mitchell Starc ahead of the second one-day international against Sri Lanka.

Starc's future in the five-match series is uncertain after he suffered calf soreness in Australia's 107-run thumping of the tourists in the ODI opener in Melbourne on Friday.

PCB official claims four Indian players interested in Pakistan T20 league

An official from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has claimed four Indian players have submitted applications to participate in their upcoming domestic Twenty tournament, the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The PSL looks set to kick off from March 26 at two different venues in Pakistan, possibly Lahore and Karachi, the Express Tribune reports.
Both India and Bangladesh have refused to send their teams to Pakistan for bilateral series, but the official claimed top cricketers from both the countries are keen to play in the PSL.

Bangladesh consider new Pakistan schedule

Bangladesh will send a security delegation to Pakistan soon to see if its cricket team can visit the country in March and April for a short series, Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said on Saturday.
A proposed tour this month was postponed for security reasons and Pakistan subsequently threatened to block their players' participation in the forthcoming Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 tournament, which starts on January 18.
Nazmul told a news conference that Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf had made a fresh invitation when the pair met in New Delhi during an India-Pakistan one-day international.

No moral binding to allow Pakistan players for BPL: PCB

Miffed with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) after it backtracked on a promised tour of Pakistan, the PCB is yet to take a policy decision on whether to allow its players to take part in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf made it clear that after BCB twice backed out of its commitment to tour Pakistan, there was no moral binding to send its players for the league. "There is no moral binding on us after the BCB's refusal to send its team for a second time. We now have to look at the players’ commitments and workloads before deciding what to do," he said